From the PREFACE.
In giving to the trade and the public generally the result of his experience of thirty years in the manufacture and sale of articles appertaining to the perfumer's art, the author does not claim to have originated every preparation here enumerated, lie does, however, claim that, with this experience, combined with a knowledge of chemistry, both theoretical and practical, he is enabled properly to judge of the materials of which these articles are composed, as well as of the most simple and the right mode of compounding them. Accordingly, he has adopted an original and simplified system in the arrangement of the subjects and in the preparation of the various compounds, which will enable any one of ordinary intelligence readily soon to fit himself to produce every valuable variety of perfume, soap, and cosmetic at present known.
The recipes and formulas given have been carefully revised, and are generally devoid of all substances which can be at all injurious; and will be found to be the most pleasant and the most useful for their various purposes possible. While a large body of them are entirely original, the author has for obvious reasons refrained from adding his name to any but a few. In the Appendix will be found many recipes of a kindred nature, which, while useful, either did not come under any of his special classifications, or were not deemed • of sufficient importance to be placed in the body of the book.
Most of the existing works on perfumery belong to one of two classes: the first filled with old and obsolete, or impossible recipes of no use whatever at the present time; the second written in an ambiguous style and intended to direct attention to the virtues of particular preparations made and sold by the authors of these books, but with no intention whatever that the reader shall be informed how such preparations are actually made. In this connection, the present author would state that he has no secrets of this character which he has attempted or desired to withhold from his readers.
The climate of the United States is so diversified, and in many parts so well adapted to the cultivation of numerous plants which are useful to the perfumer, that the author hopes by this treatise to awaken attention to the practicability of establishing flower farms and orange groves, as well as to the utilization of many indigenous plants now neglected, but with odors peculiarly adapted to the uses of this art.
In a national point of view the industries of perfumery and toilet soaps are of great importance; and with us, while giving increased employment to labor, their development will add increased wealth to the country, and enable us to become daily more and more independent of the supplies we now receive from abroad; and finally, in time, ourselves to become large exporters of such products, for which there is a great and growing market throughout the world.